Katherine Mcnenly

Home: Almonte, Ontario
Title: The Young Philosopher
Media: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 70 x 58 cm
Website: www.katherinemcnenly.com

The inspiration for this portrait emerged as a result of an offhand remark from a prominent financial expert. His comments concerned the unimportance of the pursuit of an education in a field such as philosophy in today’s economy. I found this rather odd, as philosophy is the study of reason and logic, something which seems to be often overlooked in our current political and economic systems, with often devastating results. My model is a graduating philosophy student who is passionate about her chosen field and like many of her counterparts challenges us to ask questions about ourselves and our beliefs. I wanted to present her in a way that forces us to engage with her.

1990 Cecil-Graves Atelier, Daniel Graves & Charles Cecil Instructors  Florence, Italy
1982-87 Studied in the studio of Portrait Painter John Angel, Toronto, Ontario
1986 Bachelor of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, Ontario

2010 Memory & Light  Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2006 Recent Paintings & Drawings   Mill Street Gallery, Almonte Ontario
2004 Realist Drawings Show   Atrium Gallery, Ottawa Ontario

2012 The Art of the Portrait, Portrait Society of America International Exhibition of Finalists, Philadelphia PA
2011 An Ordinary Aspect, Images of Women by Women Artists- Carrier Gallery, Toronto, Curated by Gary Roy and Rosa Graci
2009 Pause, Contemporary Still Life   Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, Curated by Jason Franz

2012 Honour Award, International Portrait Competition, American Portrait Society
2010 Emerging Artist Grant, Exhibition Grant – Ontario Arts Council
2008 Finalist Still life Competition, International Artist Magazine 2008

Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
Vanasse Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
General Fine Art & Craft, Almonte, Ontario